Pricing and specification for the new Volkswagen Jetta have been confirmed, ahead of its UK launch on 3 February 2006. Prices start at £14,635 (RRP on the road) for the entry-level model - the Jetta S FSI 1.6-litre 115 PS.
The Jetta replaces the Bora, and signals the revival of the Jetta name in Europe. By introducing a worldwide, uniform name for its compact saloon, Volkswagen decided to adopt the one already used in the USA, where the Jetta is not only the company’s best-selling car, but also the top-selling European car outright.
Standard specification includes: alloy wheels; climatic air-conditioning; front and rear electric windows; speed sensitive power steering; rain sensors; LED rear lights; and a complete range of EU4 compliant engines.
The new Jetta features a host of safety functions on all models. ABS with BAS (Brake Assist System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution), driver and front passenger airbags, curtain airbag system, ESP including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control) are all standard features across the range.
The Jetta will be offered to UK customers with a choice of five engines from launch – three petrol and two diesel. These comprise a 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS; 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS; 2.0-litre T-FSI 200 PS (as seen in the Golf GTI); 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS; and a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS. Both diesel engines will be available with Volkswagen’s pioneering DSG automatic gearbox. As with other recent Volkswagens, the Jetta will feature multi-link rear suspension and electro-mechanical power steering for appealing dynamic characteristics.
Volkswagen’s advanced DSG automatic gearbox will be optional on TDI and 2.0-litre T-FSI models with six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission as an option on 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre 200 PS FSI models.
The Jetta’s most prominent design feature is its distinctive chrome grille, which continues a theme already seen on the Golf R32 and new Passat. The rear end also reflects current Volkswagen design themes, and features dependable LED lights.
The Jetta is larger than the Bora it replaces, giving improved interior space. At 4.54 m long, it has grown by 17.8 cm; width has increased by 4.6 cm to 1.76 m; height has increased by 1.3 cm to 1.46 m; and wheelbase has increased by 5.9 cm to 2.58 m. The luggage area has also increased offering 527 litres of space - a 72 litre improvement.
More than 6.6 million Jetta models have been sold to date, and the latest model is expected to continue this success. The Jetta is available to order now, ahead of its on-sale date of 3 February.
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